By Jjunju Francis
27th Feb 2022
The Catholic Diocese of Lugazi has celebrated it silver Jubilee with lots of remarkable achievements that have transformed society in that was entirely rural in 1990s.
The diocese was created in 1996 and officially launched in 1997 with Rt. Rev. Bishop Mathias Ssekamaka as the first ordinary until his retirement in 2014 and now Rt. Rev. Bishop Christopher Kakooza who assumed office as the ordinary of Lugazi Diocese in 2015 to date.
Bishop Emeritus Mathias Ssekamanya in the homily paid tribute to all those who have sacrificed to contribute to Lugazi diocese in material, financial and human resource.
He said evangelization was their main role to save human souls and education to see that children get formal education to manage themselves and contribute positively to their families, Church and the Country at large.
Bishop Ssekamanya said like mother Kevin who spearheaded education and health in most parts of Uganda, gave them a foundation on which the diocese is riding on.
He encouraged the Christians in Lugazi diocese to grow in faith, educate their children to fight illiteracy, engage in Church social and development activities Caritas on top of the government programs to get out of poverty.
By the time of start in 1997 the diocese had 17 parishes and currently has 30 parishes spread within four deaneries, in the civil districts of Buvuma, Kayunga, Buyikwe and Mukono plus Lugazi municipality. The diocese has at least 80 diocesan priests and other missionary priests, helping to evangelise 42% number of Catholics who form the 1.5 million population of people who have contributed tremendously to the development of the diocese.
Today’s celebrations have been under the theme; Let us match on: strengthened in the lord.
Bishop Christopher Kakooza in his speech has congratulated his predecessor Rt. Rev. Bishop Matthias Ssekamanya for the great contribution in the diocese and thanked God that he has been alive to celebrate his achievements in the 25 years.
Bishop Kakooza said the zeal and charisma exhibited by Bishop Ssekamanya to teach the word of God everywhere to everybody has strengthened the Christian communities making Lugazi diocese one of the strong areas with a big Catholic Community.
among other achievements the diocese has got 30 parishes from where dedicated Christians are serving and extending their expertise to 220 primary Schools, 25 secondary schools, 3 vocational institutes 2 seminaries, several novitiates, a catechetical center and 4 hospitals, Naggalama, Buyikwe, Nyenga and Nkokonjeru that are working hard to save life.
He said a jubilee is a celebration and glory is given unto him.
The function was attended by among others the Archbishop of Kampala His Grace Paul Ssemogerere, Bishop Chairman Uganda Episcopal Conference Rt. Rev. Joseph Antony Zziwa, the Apostolic Administrator of Kasana Luweero diocese Msgr Francis Exeviour Mpaga and Minister of State for Higher Education J.C. Muyingo